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According to Deadline, SDCC will be offering fans their first one-on-one look at the “Elvis” of Kaiju: Godzilla (Gojira), King of the Monsters, as rendered by Legendary Pictures for their upcoming version of the classic film.

Comic-Con will be transforming a section of downtown San Diego into a devastated Tokyo street scene–a mini theme-park they’re calling the Godzilla Encounter:

We wanted to do something for the fans to give them a look at the legacy of Godzilla and a sense of the movie

Says Legendary president Jon Jashni.

The image above is the new Godzilla himself–the Monster King you’ll get to see personally at SDCC. I, for one, am quite pleased with the design–though I would have given a thumbs-up to ANYTHING that helped me forget Roland Emmerich’s 1999 abortion…..

Source: Geek Tyrant

It’s seemed like a long time since we’ve heard anything substantive about a Metal Gear Solid movie. But progress is being made my friends! And it seems that that’s thanks to a man who knows what’s it like to get impossible film projects off the ground and out of development hell.

MGS creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that the project was in the works during a Metal Gear anniversary event in Tokyo. Apparently, there were banners everywhere that read “Metal Gear Solid Hollywood Movie” and they had the Columbia Pictures logo on it. Kojima also announced that former CEO of Marvel Studios Avi Arad will be producing the project.

Arad related the effort to bring an MGS film to the big screen with his previous efforts getting movies based on Marvel characters made adding that, ”video games are the comic books of today.” Arad went on to say that they “will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”

Metal Gear Solid was created for Playstation in 1998 and between the original game and its various sequels has sold over 20 million copies. The game follows Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons disposal facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special forces unit.

Arad was remained active on Marvel films since leaving the studio in the hands of Kevin Feige, his last two Marvel projects were the hit Amazing Spider-Man and the flop Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He’s also a producer on the Mass Effect movie, and the Uncharted and Pac-Man adaptations.

No word yet on a director for the project, but Kojima has already eliminated one potential directorial choice: Uwe Boll. “It’s impossible we’d ever do a movie with him,” he said. Bonus.

More news as it develops.

Source: /Film

 

Futuristic post-war cities, biker gangs, secret government stuff and physic powers that turn you into a cyborg blob of trash. Yep, that’s Akira summed up ( Yes, I know Akira is so much more than that, but I’m trying to save time here). Now, what from this will make it into the upcoming Americanized  live-action adaptation? Well, for the most part, everything. Besides the profession of Kaneda, his relationship to Tetsuo and Neo-Tokyo being re-dubbed Neo-Manhattan, nothing else seems to have strayed too far from the source material. Our friends at Bleeding Cool got their bleedin’ fingers on a casting call, which details the main beats of the Akira story:

Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.

Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.

Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.

OK, so changing the country/city, race, relationship and occupations of the main characters are pretty fucking big changes, but I’m optimistic. I know there are anime fans out there who think this live-action adaption is a blasphemous slap in the face to the Japanese gods, but I’m willing to give Hollywood a chance. While I give a stern stink eye to the liberties taken with the source material and the abhorrent whitewashing, I think America has a pretty good track record as of late when it comes to adapting comic books. Some of the most successful comic adaptions have departed from the source material quite a bit; Kick-Ass, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight, X-Men First Class. On the other hand, the same cannot be said for Anime adaptions. I’m still recovering from the swift kick to the balls The Last Airbender and Dragon Ball Evolution gave me. Look, people have the right to complain. When something is part of pop culture we, the fans, have ownership in it. Face-lifts, modifications, divergence to the shit we love is not taken bloody lightly, but much can be forgiven in favor of faith to subtext and tone. I think Hollywood has been killin’ it lately with comic adaptations, so I’m gonna reserve my judgment on this one. How about you?